Venkaiah Naidu rejects impeachment notice against CJI Dipak Misra

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, on Monday, rejected the notice given by opposition parties led by the Congress for impeachment of CJI Dipak Misra citing lack of substantial merit in the motion.

Naidu had to cut short his visit and return to Delhi on Sunday afternoon for consultations on the impeachment motion, considering the seriousness of the matter. He held extensive consultations with top legal and constitutional experts before taking the decision.

According to sources, Vice-president Naidu spoke to attorney general KK Venugopal, former attorney general K Parasaran, former Supreme Court judge B Sudarshan Reddy, former law secretary PK Malhotra, former Lok Sabha secretary general Subhash Kashyap, and former legislative secretary Sanjay Singh, among others.

The rejection of the notice comes a day after he held the consultations with such experts to determine the maintainability of the motion.

Seven opposition parties led by the Congress had last week moved a notice before him for impeachment of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on five grounds of “misbehaviour”.

This is the first time ever that an impeachment notice has been filed against a sitting CJI.